The latest news from Nottinghamshire's courts...
JOHN Gaffney, 61, of Forster Street, Radford, admitted a series of benefit offences after he claimed £29,000 over ten years. Magistrates in Nottingham gave him a 10-week prison sentence, suspended for two years. He made a false statement to Nottingham City Council that he was in receipt of an occupational pension on September 2, 2002; May 24, 2002; October 13, 2002; and September 3, 2003. His sentence was suspended at Nottingham Magistrates' Court because of his poor health. He is subject to a curfew for five months and has been electronically tagged.
DANNY Thompson, 22, of Wigman Road, Bilborough, denied stealing a mobile phone in Fletcher Road, Beeston, on August 14. His case was sent to Nottingham Crown Court to be heard on November 27 and he was remanded in custody.
COLLEEN Marr, 46, of Lawrence Close, Cotgrave, has been given a 12-month conditional discharge for stealing cans of strong lager. She admitted committing the offence at the Co-op, in Cotgrave, on September 9 and was ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs.
DANIEL King, 27, of Sneinton Dale, Sneinton, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman in Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham, on September 16. He was fined £122.
A MOTORIST has been banned from the roads for 14 months after being caught drink-driving. Sebastian Graja, 32, of Radford Road, Hyson Green, admitted driving an Audi A4 in Cranmer Street, Nottingham, on August 3 with 123 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, exceeding the 80 milligrams limit. Graja was fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
HENRY Martin, 52, of Cosby Road, Sneinton, has been ordered to pay a total of £689 in fines and costs. He was found guilty of driving a Vauxhall Astra in Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham, when he had a accident with another vehicle.
Magistrates heard he failed to stop after the smash on November 13 last year. He was fined £110 for this offence and disqualified from driving for six months. No separate penalty was imposed for failing to report the accident, which he was also found guilty of.
He was further fined £55 after he was convicted of driving without due care and attention and was ordered to pay £319 compensation and court costs of £150. He pleaded guilty to driving without a licence and was fined £40 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.